Photo of students learning in the Conservatory

Grades Pre K-1

Select from one of our engaging class trips, below, and register online.

Questions? Contact us at childed@nybg.org or call 718.817.8181.

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In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden at The Edible Academy

Students become gardeners as they engage in activities for growing healthful food outdoors. From sowing seeds to watering and harvesting, students build interdisciplinary connections among seasons and growing plants while experiencing the excitement of hands-on gardening!

GRADES PRE-K–1

Summer: July 5–August 18 (Wednesdays and Fridays)
Fall: September 27–October 28
Spring: April 4–June 16
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10 a.m.–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Summer
Dig, plant, and water garden beds and discover ways plants grow and change in summer. Search for plant parts we eat and taste freshly harvested vegetables. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

Fall
Dig, plant, and water garden beds in preparation for winter and discover ways plants grow and change in fall. Search for plant parts we eat and taste freshly harvested vegetables. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

Spring
Dig, plant, and water garden beds to begin the growing season and discover ways plants grow and change in spring. Search for plant parts we eat and taste freshly harvested vegetables. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.

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In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden

Students become nature explorers as they investigate how plant and animal life they find within a dynamic environment responds to the seasons. Through observation, thematic explorations, and a chance to wonder and construct ideas with their peers, students experience the natural world first-hand.

GRADES PRE-K–1

Fall: September 27–November 18
Holiday: November 22–January 13
Winter: January 31–March 17
Spring: March 23–June 16
Cost: $110 per class
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

GRADES PRE-K & K

Plant Parade
Fall and Spring
Observe and compare a variety of whole plants and discover their parts using all five senses. Pot up seeds to grow at home.
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GRADES PRE-K–1

Pumpkin Life Cycle
Until October 28
Celebrate fall and investigate gourds and giant pumpkins to develop understandings about pumpkin diversity and the life cycle. Conduct seed germination experiments to grow at home.
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Evergreen Express
Holiday
Hike the winter landscape and find evergreen trees and shrubs to construct understandings about the role their parts play in the life cycle. Take home a fir sachet to keep or give as a gift.
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The Winter Garden
Winter
Investigate the dormant landscape and consider strategies plants and animals use to survive during the cold months. Craft plant bud experiments to grow at home.
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GRADE 1

Seed Dispersal
Fall
Observe a variety of seeds to construct understandings about types of dispersal methods. Pot up seed experiments to grow at home.
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Pollination
Spring
Observe varieties of flowers and their pollinators to develop understandings about the role of pollination in the plant life cycle. Pot up seed experiments to grow at home.
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At the GreenSchool in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Students become world explorers as they engage in plant investigations inside glass-enclosed rain forests and deserts and synthesize their findings with peers in a classroom. By observing and collecting information within diverse habitats, students build connections among life systems that help plants grow successfully.

Fall: September 27–November 18
Winter: November 22–March 17
Spring: March 23–June 16
Cost: $165 per class
Times: 10–11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

GRADES K–1

Plant Parts We Eat
Fall, Winter, Spring
Observe and compare plant parts to develop understandings about their roles in helping plants grow. Create nutritious snack medleys to taste. Pot up edible plants to grow at home.
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Life in the Rain Forest
Fall, Winter, Spring
Experience the layers and compare the climatic and vegetative elements between two rain forests. Consider diversity and adaptations and discover plants used for food and medicine. Pot up rain forest plants to grow at home.
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CHIHULY: Observe and Create
Begins April 25
View monumental glass sculptures throughout the Garden and consider how forms in nature inspire landscapes and art. Create nature-inspired art.
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In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

During the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Tours students become plant hunters as they engage in plant investigaions inside the glass-enclosed rain forests and deserts. By observing and collecting information about diverse habitats, students build connections among life systems that help plants grow and experience the excitement of plant hunting.

Indoor Guided
Cost: $130 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fall: September 27–November 18
Winter: November 22–March 17
Spring: March 23–June 16

Indoor Self-Guided
Cost: $65 per class | Times: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Fall: September 27–November 18
Winter and Spring: January 17–June 16

Guided Conservatory Tours
Experience and compare the climatic and vegetative conditions among rain forests, deserts, and a bog. Construct ideas with peers using grade-aligned themes that complement classroom curriculum:

  • Grade Pre-K & K: Trees through Seasons
  • Grade 1: Weather and Seasons

(Themes follow the NYC Scope and Sequence Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning.)
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Self-Guided Plant Hunters Conservatory Tours
Download a Plant Hunters Teacher Guide and pick up Student Plant Hunters Field Maps upon arrival at the Garden and experience and compare rain forests, deserts, and aquatic environments and search for plants used as medicine, food, and for household goods.
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GreenSchool Guided and Self-Guided Nature Walks

Students become naturalists as they investigate special collections throughout the Garden’s 250 acres. From the Thain Family Forest and Native Plant Garden to the Poetry for Every Season Poetry Walks, students observe and collect information to construct ideas about ecology with their peers, and build multi-curricular connections to the plant world.

Outdoor Guided

Cost: $110 per class | Times: 10:15–11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fall: September 27–November 18
Spring: March 23–June 16

Outdoor Self-Guided

Cost: $35 (Free for New York City schools) | Times: All Day
Fall: September 27–November 18
Winter: November 22–March 17
Spring: March 23–June 16

Outdoor Guided Tours

GRADES PRE-K–1

Sensory Walk
Fall & Spring
Engage all senses to deepen plant awareness. Build understandings about how plants grow while searching for observable features and patterns.
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GRADES PRE-K–1

50-Acre Thain Family Forest Walks
Fall & Spring
Experience a native forest and construct ideas with peers about forests using grade-aligned themes that complement classroom curriculum:

  • Grade Pre-K & K: Trees through Seasons
  • Grade 1: Weather and Seasons

(Themes follow the NYC Scope and Sequence Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning.)
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Outdoor Self-Guided Walks on Garden Grounds

All Seasons
Download thematic Teacher Guides and Student Field Journals before arrival and experience and enjoy 250 acres of seasonal collections.
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Students experience the magical landscapes and model trains of the Holiday Train Show® in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory or in combination with an enjoyable winter botanical workshop at the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden or GreenSchool.

GRADES PRE-K–1

Holiday Train Show®
Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Cost: $140 per class
Times: All Day
During this self-guided visit to the Conservatory, experience the model trains and trolleys as they move through magical landscapes of historic New York State buildings made primarily from botanical materials.

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Evergreen Express
Location: Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Cost: $110 per class
Times: 10–11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.
Hike the winter landscape and find evergreen trees and shrubs to construct understandings about the role their parts play in the life cycle. Take home a fir sachet to keep or give as a gift.

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Holiday Combination: Holiday Train Show® and Evergreen Express
Location: Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Cost: $225 per class
Experience both the Holiday Train Show® in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and the complementary Evergreen Express workshop in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Register for this Holiday Combination over the phone by calling 718.817.8181.